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Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War

Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War

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One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States' population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men's experiences in combat, the war's effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans' postwar lives.

Lea Ybarra groups the interviews topically to bring out different aspects of the Chicano vets' experiences. In addition to discussing their involvement in and views on the Vietnam War, the veterans also reflect on their place in American society, American foreign policy, and the value of war. Veterans from several states and different socioeconomic classes give the book a broad-based perspective, which Ybarra frames with sociological material on the war and its impact on Chicanos.

Author: Lea Ybarra
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 04/01/2004
Pages: 246
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 9.58h x 5.98w x 0.63d
ISBN: 9780292702448

About the Author
Lea Ybarra is Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and coeditor, with Edward James Olmos and Manuel Monterrey, of Americanos: Latino Life in the United States.

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